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Ideal Introduction To Rhys Chatham's Singular Wall Of Sound. 17 Oct. 2014
By M.G.A - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This excellent compilation features the key recordings from Rhys Chatham's 1977-1986 period, offering a well-balanced overview of his distinctive, yet listenable, career which has seen him hover on the edge of the mainstream with his No Wave-influenced take on minimalism, blending punk aesthetics with the avant-garde.
The track listing is as follows:

1) Die Donnergotter (1985/86) [21:48]
2) Waterloo, No.2 (1986) [7:57]
3) Drastic Classicism (1982) [7:49]
4) Guitar Trio (1977) [8:11]
5) Guitar Trio, Take Two (1977) [8:11]
6) Massacre On MacDougal Street (1982) [18:42]

For many, his 'Guitar Trio', a heady, propulsive rush of punk-influenced atonality, serves as his definitive musical statement, although the equally essential noise speedball 'Drastic Classicism' runs it close, both acting as a meeting point for the avant-gardist tendencies of 'drone' pioneers such as Tony Conrad, and the full-blown sonic assault of New York's vibrant punk scene.
The compilation's title track is a blissed-out, euphoric guitar mantra, as Chatham incorporates use of melody in a disciplined, yet free-rolling, setting as martial drum patterns underpin cascading waves of sound as guitar chords reminiscent of krautrock pioneers Neu! create the effect of an unchanging landscape of post-punk, minimalistic bliss.
Chatham's interest in brass-based music is prevalent on 'Waterloo, No.2' & 'Massacre On MacDougal Street', both of which see trumpets, trombones and tuba act as a substitute for guitars, with dramtic, almost cacophonous, effect.
For anybody wanting an entry point into Chatham's world, this is an ideal starting point which is highly recommended. Try it.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
incredible electric guitar symphonies... 20 Dec. 2006
By svf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Table of the Elements happily reissued the contents of their phenomenal but now out-of-print Rhys Chatham box set on individual CDs this year, so if you missed out on hearing these incredible electric guitar symphonies the first time around, you've got another chance to experience some of the most rockin' avant garde music ever recorded. Forget about Glenn Branca... Rhys Chatham is the real deal. (But buyer beware: Two Gongs is only for die-hard drone-heads...)
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